Freshman Composition II:
English 1213 Section 503 Online, Spring 2011
Note About your e-mail address:
I strongly suggest that you use your OKSTATE e-mail address for the duration of
this course, which means that you should check it regularly.
Virtual Office Hours/Chatroom With Instructor:
D2L’s Chat feature will enable us to interact relatively easily.
You will need to inform me via email about the date and time that you wish to chat. My virtual office hours are held
MWF 10:30 – 11:30am and by appointment in a chatroom where anyone can join and ask questions. Use your top
navigation bar and click on Chat.
Technical Support for Any D2L Questions:
Technical Support Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m
Your Course Strategy and Commitment:
This is primarily a writing course. As Stephen King points out, successful writers “Write a lot and read a lot.” To that
end, there will be plenty of both writing and reading in the course. You will need to commit the time to do both.
Everyone can do very well in this course, but you must realize from the outset that you cannot fall behind with your
assignment turn-ins, for it will be very difficult to catch up. Just do all the course work, do it to the best of your
abilities, turn it in on time, and you should do well. Most importantly, if you ever have any questions or concerns, do
not hesitate to contact me.
What You Should Do To Get Started:
The first thing you should do is go to the "Lectures" folder on D2L and review the first two lectures entitled
"Opening Remarks," and "Read This Before Turning in Any Work.” If you turn in any work before reviewing these
lectures carefully, I can guarantee that you will not do well on your assignments. Afterwards, return to this syllabus,
and read it in its entirety. The final section of this syllabus is the "Assignments Calendar," and there you will find the
first assignment. The prompts for all assignments are available on D2L in the folder "Assignments."
MS Word, which is FREE OF CHARGE to all OSU students. All assignments must be
composed and turned in as a MS Word doc file. MS Word has particular features that allow me to make margin note
comments on the returned copies of your assignments, and this allows you the opportunity to be more successful in
your subsequent assignments. To obtain MS Word for free, you can visit
, login and
download the software. You will need your PRISM id and PRISM default password. If you do not have this
information, or if you experience any problems at all, call the helpdesk at 744-HELP (744-4357) and they will
gladly assist you. As an alternative, the OSU campus has many computer labs, all of which offer computers that
have MS Word. The Edmon Low Library also checks out laptops to OSU students, and they too have MS Word.